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Macedonia's conservatives win twin elections, opposition refuses to recognize result

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    Supporters of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE wave party flags celebrating the double victory in parliamentary and presidential elections, in downtown Skopje, Macedonia, early Monday, April 28, 2014. Macedonia's incumbent prime minister claimed a landslide victory late Sunday in parliamentary and presidential elections, but the center-left opposition denounced what it called distorting interference in the democratic process by the ruling party and said it won't recognize the results. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) (The Associated Press)

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    Macedonian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski greets his supporters while announcing a double victory in parliamentary and presidential elections, in Skopje, Macedonia, early Monday, April 28, 2014. Macedonia's incumbent prime minister claimed a landslide victory late Sunday in parliamentary and presidential elections, but the center-left opposition denounced what it called distorting interference in the democratic process by the ruling party and said it won't recognize the results. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) (The Associated Press)

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    Macedonian Prime Minister and leader of the ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE Nikola Gruevski, center, attends a celebration of the party's double victory in parliamentary and presidential elections, in downtown Skopje, Macedonia, early Monday, April 28, 2014. Macedonia's incumbent prime minister claimed a landslide victory late Sunday in parliamentary and presidential elections, but the center-left opposition denounced what it called distorting interference in the democratic process by the ruling party and said it won't recognize the results. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) (The Associated Press)

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski's ruling center-right party has won its fourth consecutive general election victory in Macedonia, but looks likely to fall just short of gaining an outright majority. The main opposition Social Democrats are refusing to recognize the result.

With 99.9 percent of votes counted Monday, the conservative VMRO-DPMNE had 42 percent and 61 seats in the 123-member parliament. The Social Democrat-led alliance had 24.9 percent and 34 seats, according to the State Election Commission.

In a separate vote Sunday, conservative President Gjorge Ivanov won a second five-year term for the largely ceremonial post, beating Social Democrat opponent Stevo Pendarovski in a runoff.

The opposition accused Gruevski of state interference in election campaigning.